The Anglo-Saxon Metrical Charms
Metrical Charm 8: For a Swarm of Bees
Take some earth, throw it with your right hand under your right foot and say:
under foot, I have found it
Lo, earth avails against every spirit
Against malice and mindlessness,
And against the mighty tongues of man.
Throw over them some gravel where they swarm, and say -
women of victory, sink to earth!
You shall never fly wild to the wood.
Be you so considerate of my case
As each man is of meat and homeland.